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Compost and mulch feed organisms in the soil that help your plants take up vital nutrients
I have a large, perennial flower garden that requires 30 bags of mulch to cover it. Every couple of years I have to replace the mulch, and I wonder, where does it go? Nina Bassuk is an Urban...
Dig a hole, bury the scraps, and the magic happens
I have a large bin composter that turns my kitchen scraps into black gold for the garden. I know many of you have compost piles. But if you don’t have the room or don’t want the sight of...
Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss is a natural, organic soil amendment that improves soil structure. It increases water retention in sandy soils, which helps reduce the leaching of nutrients.
“Most homeowners don’t have great garden soil in their yards,” said Melinda Myers, author of more than 20 gardening books and host of Melinda’s Garden Moment, which airs on...
With just a little nudging, that black gold will be revved up and ready to go
Once there's a hint of spring, I go out into my yard and rake up dead leaves, grass, and other debris that I can add to the compost pile. Then, I give it a good stir. University of Illinois...
Anyone can make their own compost with the many different natural and container options available. Learn how simple it can be with some basic information.
It's like a good cup of espresso for your plants
I’ve been vermicomposting for a couple of years now. My small bin of worms love the kitchen waste I feed them and have rewarded me with plenty of rich compost. Last summer I made a bucket of...
Create rich organic matter any time of year by composting with worms
I have worms in my basement. I started vermi-composting with Red Wigglers a couple of years ago, and their castings have provided pure nutrition for my plants and gardens. There are 7,000...
There's no reason to work so hard raking leaves, make the leaves work for you
Radio interview source: David Robson, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Listen to the radio mp3 or read below Raking up a big pile of leaves to jump into is great fun...
Create a new garden bed by layering organic waste. Sheet composting requires no digging and results in a healthy environment for all plants.
Radio interview source: Cindy Wise, Compost Specialist Volunteer Program, Oregon State University Extension Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below When most people...
Now is the best time of year to rid your property of Mother Nature’s debris. These products help you get the job done fast.